Website – http://zwink.kleinisd.net
Twitter – @ZwinkKISD
Facebook – http://fb.me/ZwinkKISD
Phone – (832) 375-7800
Fax – (832) 375-7850
School Hours – 8:05 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
Rating – Met Standard
Enrollment – 1,060
Mascot – Zebras
Principal – Katie Turner
Assistant Principals – Christin Murphy, Tannisha Oyeniyi, and Carissa Talk
Counselor – Stephanie Hathorn
Zwink Elementary opened for the first time to more than 800 students on Aug. 27, 2012. The school is named for the Zwink family, one of the founding families in the Klein community. Zwink encompasses 125,000 square feet and was built to meet the standards of a Texas Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Verified campus. It is the first building with the new design by PBK architects, which contains seven classrooms grouped into separate wings per grade level and is first in the district to have enclosed elementary classrooms for the students. Zwink is the second Klein ISD campus to be built to the TX-CHPS requirements and is the first constructed from start to finish under these standards. Collaborative spaces throughout the building are used creatively for small group and differentiated instruction.
Zwink Elementary is rated Met Standard and has received Distinction Designations in Math, Science, Top 25 percent in Student Progress and Top 25 percent in closing the Achievement Gap. Additionally, Zwink has ranked #2 out of 40 comparable schools for two years in a row in the statewide accountability system created by the Texas Education Agency.
Zwink’s full-time counselor is Ms. Stephanie Hathron. Ms. Hathorn teaches whole classes, small groups and sees individual students to provide “high support” and instill our Zwink Core Values. She leads the staff in utilizing the Nurtured Heart Approach, a positive behavior support system focused on what students are doing well, and leads students in anti-bullying and good character programs, particularly through the No Place for Hate Club.
As a Collaborative Community that prizes relationships, Zwink Elementary’s parent leadership team is an integral part of our school and fosters an extremely active PTO whose volunteer program provides “high support” to our teachers and students. Parent volunteers con be seen regularly all over the school helping out wherever needed. Last year, Zwink Elementary’s volunteers led Klein ISD elementary schools in volunteer hours, totaling over 2,800 hours. Zwink’s PTO also had outstanding success through their membership drive and fundraising, raising over $26,000 to support innovative learning experiences for students during the 2015-16 school year. The Watchdog program, started by the PTO, brings fathers and other male relatives in to serve as mentors and role models to students.
Zwink provides students with a state and district supported curriculum that enhances their learning in the classroom. The staff and teachers are dedicated to the success of each student, and utilize best instructional practices to promote our core value of Educational Excellence. In addition to utilizing these best practices, each grade level has an additional 60 minute block of instructional time set aside for “Power Hour” where teachers meet with flexible groups of students in a small group setting. This time is used to support students in re-engaging them in skills they may need additional time to master, as well as the opportunity to enrich and extend learning opportunities for students who have reached mastery. Our campus mantra of high expectations and high support for every child, every day drives all our decisions.
At Zwink Elementary, we are committed to successfully preparing students for today’s digitized world. We are excited about creating the educational context for learning digital citizenship and we seize technology’s potential to capture the hearts and minds of the first digital generation, so that the work designed for them is more engaging and respects their superior talents with digital devices and connections. To this end, we are thankful for the opportunity to participate in the district’s iPad and Google pilot, as we work collaboratively to transform learning for students.
Service Learning and Leadership Development
Zwink students have an attitude of gratitude about the amazing ways our community supports our school and are focused on giving back. By participating in service learning projects, students are able to make valuable contributions to the community while enhancing their learning of the core curriculum. As part of our students’ character development, we focus on building student leadership skills each week. Students are trained to find solutions to problems in our community and world and to take the initiative to solve these problems in a positive and caring manner. In this way, our students not only learn about our core values but also live and lead our core values for others.
At Zwink Elementary, our Core Values are the basis of our school culture, and guide all that we do. Zwink’s Core Values of Educational Excellence, Prized Relationships, Collaborative Community, Attitude of Gratitude, and Intentional Loyalty are the cornerstone of our “High Expectations, High Support” school.
To enhance and extend student engagement in our core values and promote leadership, Zebras participate in a variety of activities and extra-curricular clubs. Zwink also has four Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams, art and music appreciation programs, as well as field day annually. Other extracurricular clubs offered to enrich students’ education include the Coding Club, Character Crew, Striders Running Club, Zebra Tones Choir, No Place for Hate Club,Lego Club, and the Dazzling Diplomats. The Nature Club supports the outdoor science classroom/garden that prompts project-based learning for students.
Zwink Elementary holds monthly Prime Time events in which students, staff, parents and community members come together to promote our core values through activities and learning opportunities. Our collaborative community has enjoyed many amazing Prime Time events that have included building prized relationships through character building opportunities, amazing service opportunities, musical performances by our students, as well as various curricular events including a college and career night. Our Prime Time program received a Superintendent’s Initiative Award in 2013 and several AAUW grants have funded various evenings of fun and learning for our collaborative community.